Archive for April 28th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Editorial

It is scary. People are wondering what is happening to this country and they are not getting answers.

This is because of the recent announcement by government not to sponsor students who have not attained marks above 40 points for tertiary education. Everybody is asking questions about the future of this country if the government cannot afford to train the youth. But, amid all this confusion, anxiety and uncertainty about what exactly is happening, the leader of the country, President Lieutenant General Kgosikgolo Ian Khama seems not to be concerned at all.

Perhaps, he has other priorities.

The leader, who only a few months ago went around the country announcing his populist initiatives, is unable to [continue reading]

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source: News24
27/04/2009 14:25 – (SA)

Johannesburg – There were no reports of swine flu in South Africa on Monday as countries throughout the world were reported to be in panic mode over the epidemic, the SA National Institute for Communicable Diseases said.

“No, we have not yet received reports of the swine flu in the country but we need to be vigilant,” said Dr Lucille Blumberg.

The Department of Health spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.

The swine flu outbreak was [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
27 April 2009

Crisis talks between Zimbabwe’s government leaders were postponed after a brief meeting on Monday, amid reports of a tense atmosphere brewing between the country’s three main principals.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara have been locked in discussion with Robert Mugabe over key outstanding issues, such as the appointment of governors, permanent secretaries and the recent attempts to weaken the power of Nelson Chamisa’s Information Communication Technology Ministry. Last week’s round of talks all proved inconclusive, with the meeting being rescheduled to Monday.

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson James Maridadi explained on Monday that the meeting to discuss the outstanding issues convened as planned, but was adjourned later in the day, until Tuesday. But a source close to the talks has told SW Radio Africa that Monday’s meeting was ‘tense’, a likely cause of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent

If ever there is a project that is constantly giving the Gaborone City Council sleepless headaches, it is the market at the Bontleng shopping mall.

The market still remains a white elephant even though the council had leased the structure to a private developer.

The market, which has been lying idle since it was opened in the 80s, was leased to a retired soldier, Peter Molatedi, to develop it.

Initially, after the market was completed, traders shunned the structure, preferring more strategic locations where business was lucrative. For many years the council did not know what to do with the massive structure which occupies a large amount of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A brand new quality assurance body for southern African countries was launched Friday night in Gaborone.

To be known as SADCAS (Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service), the SADC subsidiary will provide accreditation services and training in accreditation-associated activities in the region, SADC executive secretary Dr Thomas Salomao announced in Gaborone.

Salomao says the services offered by SADCAS will include accrediting calibration, testing, certification and inspection bodies in all SADC countries, particularly those who do not have national accreditation services.

” SADCAS will also expand its services to cover sector specific schemes and other nationally developed schemes. A process is [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)
27 April 2009

Maputo — Southern African electricity companies, meeting in Maputo on Monday, have promised to provide the additional electricity that South Africa may need to host the football World Cup in 2010.

A memorandum of understanding to that effect was signed at a meeting of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), which brings together electricity companies from Mozambique, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Addressing a press conference immediately after the signing, the project director of the South African power company ESKOM, Johnny Dladla, said that next year South Africa will need sufficient electricity to respond to the demand from up to half a million tourists who [continue reading]